Jan 22, 2013 8:00am EST
. and to underscore that point, which i think does get to what steve said a little earlier, and that is, obviously -- you can have a discussion, and you can have a set of of policies, but we're going to be as good as our national congress setting a floor with legislation. and if california wands to exceed it for whatever or reason, they'll go farther. but the national discussion, and i think the it's one of the priorities in the discussion tomorrow and i think you can get bipartisanship on it. when the background checks were set up because of of what happens at gun shows and everything else, 40% of the guns that are traded or bought are not covered with any background five-day waiting period. that's not a loophole, that's an exemption. and that has to be dealt with so you create a national floor that's comprehensive so what happens in indiana doesn't flood the city of chicago, cook county. and it's essential to underscore that point. >> if i could, it needs to be a national be fix, and it has to be federal preemption because the patchwork of states or cities working by themselves is not effective.
Jan 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
. [laughter] >> and you're doing a great job. >> thank you, boo boo. thank you, steve. teaching my students, under studies at georgetown university, but before i continue with this process, i just wanted to also thank the members of the presidential inaugural committee who provided us with tickets. i hope you got tickets if you didn't see them, and their amazing work and, really, putting together a very exciting weekend here in our nation's capitol. i want to thank them for the day of service that not only took place here in washington, d.c., but across the united states of america. millions of people signed up, volunteered, and made a difference. dr. martin luther king, jr. would have been proud we used his birthday weekend not just to party and celebrate, but to remember what he called us often to do, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is to serve and to answer the call, and, yet, i want to thank the dnc staff and others who worked throughout the christmas and throughout the holidays to ensure we also had a good time as well. so my only thing, i was working yesterday. you want me to shut up?
Jan 28, 2013 8:30am EST
to achieving the kind of vibrancy and wealth that we have. i mean, the steve jobs, the zuckermans, so i want to be able to find those senators and congresswomen and men who can foster that environment and certainly will do everything i can to get them elected so, yes, i will be involved in the upcoming elections. >> and is it after the, after your adventure with mr. santorum, you talked about wanting to do, wanting to be active but in a way that was a little more, a little less traceable. you talked about wanting to do it through c4s. is that how you see doing whatever you plan to do during the congressional cycle in 2014, or do you see it -- how do you see being a force? >> well, no. the whole idea of keeping a low profile, i said how in the world did i get this? i didn't want realize all these reporters were going to show. i thought it'd be a handful or so. so, basically, the notoriety has kind of mixed emotions for me, but i do believe that i can be more of a help in ways that bring people together. my success did not come from tearing down other people. to succeed in business, you have t
Jan 24, 2013 12:00pm EST
in the last decade, really. >> yeah, i don't want to out him, but steve is four rows back, and he remembers, i'm sure, the disappointment when the bill failed. your predecessor was one of the point persons on it and had to sit in the cabin by himself for the weekend after it failed he was so discurnlgedded, but it's -- discouraged, but it's a big deal and affects the whole country. >> right. >> i'm hopeful we make progress. last immigration question. you worked with the mexico government, and one that is based on risk segmentation and the latest technology. please update us on how that's going. >> it's going well. you know, mexico is one of the leading trading partners, and quite frankly, we need a port infrastructure that allows goods and commerce to flow smoothly through. we're working on projects like preinspections so trying to take pressure off the physical border and do things before goods get there, working with mexico on trusted shipper and trusted traveler programs. we're working on doing risk-based analysis of cargo before it even arrives at a port of entry so i think that border, wh
Jan 24, 2013 9:00am EST
? >> senator steve chaney with the american security project. please do you talking about weapons of mass destruction but i wanted her about our weapons of mass destruction. the caps at 1550 with thousands more in reserve. is there not an opportunity to look at the triad, but that significant reductions, looking at new s.t.a.r.t. and not build a new submarine or bomber and save a ton of money. >> that will be part of the debate but at some point we have to decide at what level we need to be from a national security military standpoint, to be viable and protect the american people and to be seen, someone with the capability to do that. i think the larger question is we need to focus on reduction, what is happening around the world, what is happening in north korea, what is happening in iran, what kind of access are some of the terrorist groups going to have to wm d capabilities? that is the greater threat. i give senator lugar credit for being part of reducing -- destroying those weapons and so forth and so on but the real challenge is those who are totally ignoring the non-proliferation t
Jan 28, 2013 12:00pm EST
the late, great famous crocodile-wrestling naturalist steve irwin would have hesitated to sit down at a table for an hour and a half with the vice president, but at the end of that session, we knew which of those men had a better political character and which of those men was a better advocate for his cause. [applause] so i am, i'm absolutely certain that whatever is the solution and the answer to the right's political predicament over the next few years, paul ryan will be part of that answer and solution. he is a great friend of nr, a great advocate of our cause. please, ladies and gentlemen, welcome paul ryan. [applause] >> that was pretty good. i'll take you bow hunting someday. [laughter] hey, thanks, everybody. [applause] that's great. thanks so much. appreciate it. well, i can say about that introduction, that was the, um, most recent introduction i've ever received. [laughter] thanks, rich, i appreciate it. you know, i'm happy to see so many friends here in the audience. i just see a lot of familiar faces. and i'm honored to speak to so many distinguished guests. you know, y